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Padcast #29: RSD’11 – Ode To A Mixtape

Posted in Exclusives, Music, Padcasts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 16, 2011 by C54

Sheesh it’s glum out there. Drizzle, sleet, pouring rain, driving winds and a relentless shade of grey. Or as some would say, a perfect day for Record Store Day 2011! What better conditions to foster the annual truffle hunt favored by music fans, record collectors, vinyl enthusiasts and indie hipsters?

So as is my want, I bring you my annual tribute to the joy of music, direct from the podcasting bunker of Couderay Music, for the RSD’11 show,

Peggy Sue & Not Fade Away my RSD11 bounty!

Padcast #29 – Ode To A Mixtape:

RSD’11: Ode To A Mixtape

Discourage WolfSayonara (from their début single on Lilypad 2011)

UndergroundNomad Planets (from their album, You’re Never Lost Until You Panic on Fairbanks 2010)

Toy Tambourine (Jimmy T remix) – Aberdeen (from an exclusive John Girgus archive featuring remix work from a former member of The Postal Service with a song originally released on Sarah Records in 1994)

Caravaggio’s Tryptic 1Bisoux Bisoux  (from the album Writing Audio by Beirut via Chicago sound-artist, Bisoux Bisoux 2011)

95th & TempoYoung Jackies  (an unreleased track from the NYE’11: Live At Couderay sessions on Lilypad 2011)

MadmanHollus  (an unheard and brand new, unmastered mix from their forthcoming EP, Part Two, scheduled for an end of this year release on Hollus 2011)

Lay Down Your HeadWorldWideRiot  (recorded live in my studio for the début podcast of The Pad’s, Padcast #1 – Introducing WorldWideRiot on Lilypad 2008)

It’s Just The First StepJonnie Warmer  (from my personal archive and recorded in 1993 for the unreleased album, A Month Of Tuesdays)

No More Sad SongsTrembling Blue Stars  (hidden track released on disc 2, Cicely Tonight, Volume One EP, which accompanied the very last album from TBS, Fast Trains And Telegraph Wires on Elefant 2010. A final collection, making up the farewell EP titled, Correspondence, comes out in about a month on Elefant.)

Thanks to all the bands for making such excellence. This mix tape goes out to Gizmo Whitebread who is recovering from surgery triggered by a hip fracture. And to music lovers everywhere! Without your support, the music stops. Happy Record Store Day. Thanks for listening!

All songs © retained by their holders. No infringement intended. For promotional purposes only. Not for sale or rebroadcast. If you like one of these artists, buy their music dammit!


Record Store Day 2011 For The Rest Of Us

Posted in band performance, Exclusives, History, Music, Padcasts, Random Life, Video with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2011 by C54

As an indie label, Lilypad Records never tried to sell ANYTHING for this occasion. Whatever sold, it was for sale all the other days of the year as well. And when it was clear that SOME Mom & Pops were not interested in having the brick & mortar indie community include internet operations, I was a tad disheartened. After all, there’s more vinyl here than a lot of the elitist stores glomming on to a music-centric day equal to Black Friday in a Wal-Mart. (Well, maybe more in spirit than financially?) Never mind the cassettes, dats, 45s and compact discs piled high in the archives. A private collection lent to interested parties when I’m asked. More like an indie music library, perhaps? OK.

So for the third year running, Lilypad is poised to crash the RSD’11 party with another podcasting day of music from our label’s family and friends. Please join the streaming goodness when I present a live interview and acoustic performance début on The Pad from Texas upstarts, Sayonara.

I’ll also be streaming a mix tape collection from acts such as Sarah Records’ only American artist — Aberdeen (Los Angeles), purveyors of midwestern rawk — Nomad Planets (Indiana), ambient-experimentalists — Young Jackies (Chicago), electronica newbie — Bisoux Bisoux (Beirut) and many more.

I hope you’ll join me at The Pad for another celebration of all things music with my friends that make it, with or without the blessing of Ozzy Osbourne & company…

Sayonara’s Sound: A Labor Of Love

Posted in Band Biz, Music, Music creation, Padcasts with tags , , , , , , , , on March 13, 2011 by C54


Sayonara's début singles are in production (photo: Mike Hanna)

Wylie, Texas duo, Sayonara, now in production in the Couderay Music studio, have two songs primping for their release as singles and two more stripped-back, acoustic numbers for a podcast on my music show, The Pad.

After a whirlwind weekend at the end of February which acted as an introduction, session and dinner-date, the band and I are well on our way to conquering the micro-niche world of music. Sean Blythe has spent a fair bit of time with me in the studio (after we worked together with his earlier outfits, WorldWideRiot and Hollus) so this meeting was not completely new. But it had been a few years, things change and all that… But, like riding bikes & horses, bands and producers get back on their preferred mode of transport and, when the results are excellent, ride off into the sunset together.

It won’t be long before Sayonara’s material begins to surface in the blogosphere, twitterverse and social networks of your choice. You can listen to their home demo of Kidnapped (which I beefed up a little for them) at my Lilypad page here. You might also visit the band on their Facebook page here and get tweeting with them here. We had our very first chat via Skype yesterday and that signaled the start of our introductory “padcast” with Sayonara coming soon.

Record Store Day 2011 looks poised for another fun gate-crashing by Lilypad Records, The Pad and our friends joining in the ruckus. Huzzah!

February Dates For Our Chicago Friends

Posted in band performance, Gig Calendar with tags , , , , , on February 9, 2011 by C54

Friday 2/11

  • Hollus at Crusen’s on War  in Peoria,Il.


Saturday 2/12


Monday 2/14 Valentine’s Day


Friday 2/25

  • Hollus at Martyr’s in Chicago, Il.


Saturday 2/26

On The Horizon

Posted in band performance, Gig Calendar, Music, Video with tags , , , , , , on January 22, 2011 by C54

2011 looks like another good year for music if you’re a fan of independent sounds generated by bands that you either never heard of or you’ve under-appreciated. And while it’s no secret TIS has a little bias for this collection of bands, you might develop one, too?

Trembling Blue Stars Correspondence (Elefant 2011)

Fast Trains & Telegraph Wires

Following TBS’ reemergence in 2010 with Fast Trains And Telegraph Wires, Bobby Wratten, Beth Arzy and company will deliver their last offering sometime this year. This is really part two of Cicely Tonight Vol.1 which came included as part of their Fast Trains release.

In the meantime, here’s TBS’ video for All Our Tomorrows (Elefant 2010).



Sayonara untitled début (Lilypad 2011)


Too early for details, but Sean Blythe out of WorldWideRiot, and his newest collaborator (and partner in life & love) Debbie Pucek, will arrive on the doorstep of Couderay Music in late February to record what will become their début.

I had already beefed up their home demo of Kidnapped a little while back and it seems they are working feverishly to amass songs that we’ll be tackling pretty soon.

Hollus Part Two (Hollus 2011)

Part One

I’ve enjoyed Hollus’ newest output for some time now. I mastered Part One back in July 2010 and when they released it in November, it seemed that folks finally started to pay attention to this blossoming, Chicago-based outfit.

Still no official word when they plan to drop Part Two, but 2011 is the target. Here’s the Jamison Acker directed video for Lucy Grey from Part One to hold you over.

Aberdeen On Tour


Wow. I didn’t expect to learn this Sarah Records band from California would tour again but there you have it — Aberdeen tours the coasts late spring 2011! Please tell them that we call Chicago the Third Coast. John, Beth, Johnny and Brian deliver shoegaze-y, dream-pop to NYC’s Popfest, at The Cake Shop on May 19th. More dates to follow.

Here’s Aberdeen’s track which made its way to a Buffy The Vampire Slayer compilation.



Young Jackies Live At Couderay NYE ’11 (Lilypad 2011)


My collaboration with J1 dates back to the early 70s. This was our improvised set, celebrating the death of 2010, captured at midnight in my studio also known as my home. This is an experimentally oriented batch of ambient performances, with an acoustic guitar finish recorded later that same day.

The entire album is available as a free download until it’s released February 1st on Lilypad Records.


Michael Lux and The Bad Sons Neat Repeater (Lux 2010)

Michael Lux

Hollus’ guitar-slinger, Michael Lux, really surprised me with this end of 2010 EP release entitled, Neat Repeater. I don’t know whether it was that he kept the effort quiet until he didn’t, or that the reverb-drenched, garage-infused collection was garnering press right out of the gate, but I liked this even though I’m not known for listening to music soaked in the halls & chambers of reverbdom.

Technically not a 2011 release, but it’s my blog and I’ll break the rulez if I want to break them. Mr. Lux will give you this album free if you attend his show at Chicago’s Bottom Lounge, January 28th. Listen to Killer.



Hope there’s something here for you? I’m certainly not about singularity, so I also hope you weren’t expecting bands playing under one genre umbrella? If you have a band or album coming out in 2011, feel free to send it along and maybe I’ll feature it in one of my posts. Cheers and Happy New Year!

Hollus Tour Dates For January

Posted in band performance, Gig Calendar with tags , on January 7, 2011 by C54

A little shout for some of my friends…


1/7: Reggie’s 11 PM

1/17 – Double Door, Chicago, IL

1/19  Spike Hill – NYC

1/20 – TBA

1/21 – Dobbs, Philly PA

1/22 – Mojo’s Jamestown, NY

Stuff It! My Suggestions For Your Holidaze Stocking.

Posted in Music, Random Life with tags , , , , , , on December 19, 2010 by C54

Happy Holidaze!

Well it’s that time again…

And, depending on what commercialized holiday celebration you embrace, you’re probably looking for something for a loved one, friend or co-worker. Apparently, everyone likes music, or, at least claims to like it. Maybe these suggestions might do you a favor if you’re stumped? It was a good year for music and these releases offer something for just about every imaginable type of music lover that seeks out the rock-indie-folk-dream pop-blues-punk-twee-soul bins at your local music emporium.

Trembling Blue Stars

Fast Trains And Telegraph Wires (Elefant 2010)

Fast Trains And Telegraph Wires

Fast Trains And Telegraph Wires


Billed as the last album by indie legends, Trembling Blue Stars, Bobby, Beth, Ian and the rest of the gang cooked up a wonderful package that fans of dream pop are certain to enjoy. And weep over, too. Not for those prone to tears, “Fast Trains” is a journey through the rich and sad fields of Bobby Wratten. Mr. W is known for commanding a tear or two and this nineteen-song collection is certain to conjure up a few.

This really is an album plus an EP titled, “Cicely Tonight Volume One” and this bonus lets the ambient world seep in on a slightly grander scale. “Correspondance Volume Two” EP is due out in 2011 on Elefant and will be the last of it all.

I know, you think I’m biased because Cath Carroll sings a guest lead on The Imperfection Of Memory and I recorded her vocals and used the power of ProTools to make it in time to get it across the pond to Ian Catt’s studio in London. But, I’m only biased if liking good music makes me biased. I’d buy this for many, many reasons. Like that guitar solo on “No More Sad Songs” for starters…


Part One ( 2010)

Part One


A six-song watershed moment for the Chicago natives known as Hollus. I’ve had the pleasure of working with this band since January 2007. Throughout lineup changes and musical soul-searching, Hollus remained a solid writing partnership. Guitarist Michael Lux and singer Jamison Acker have crafted their first collection that blends all the earlier Hollus incarnations into an excellent pastiche of rock, blues, soul, singer-songwriter and brit-pop.

Again, is my bias showing? For full disclosure, I freely admit I mastered this collection back in July. And yes, I’ve also heard “Part Two” which should be out in Spring 2011. But if I’m not sick of this by now, what’s my bias? I freely admit to liking good music.

The National

High Violet (4AD 2010)

High Violet


If this album only had “Bloodbuzz Ohio” on it, I’d still buy it. I do think that song might get my vote for song of the year. Singing along to, “I still owe money, to the money, to the money I owe” doesn’t feel inappropriate as we head into the new year. And the vocals are certain to get Ian Curtis fans twitching if you’re new to The National’s brand of indie. Hah! Try pinning bias on me with this one. OK, it’s on my iPod. Guilty!


Grinderman 2 (Anti 2010)

Grinderman 2


This is Nick Cave’s other project. Now into his second collection, Mr. Cave makes you remember that sometimes we need to extol the virtues of suffering. Or at least crank up the volume. Another one of those all-things-coming-together releases. Of course, this is probably Cave’s third go-round under that banner. He’s something to behold when you consider he may be hitting his stride in his 50s. Go Nick, GO!


The Lady Killer (Elektra/Asylum 2010)

The Lady Killer


If you’re short on cash but long on statements, try Cee-lo Green’s single “Fuck You”. How many songs can you name that can’t be sung on the radio without causing a censor’s head to explode, make you dance like mad — and laugh out loud — all the while you’re thinking, “Can I put this on a holiday mixtape?”

Of course the answer is, “Sure you can!” But, I’d buy the album, too.

Bonus Stuffer For Your Extra Stocking:

John Martyn

Solid Air (Island 1973)

Solid Air


Hello????? 1973!!!! What am I saying here? For starters, ’73 was a great year for music. But, John Martyn died in 2009 and it still bums me out. People who know and love the music of Nick Drake need to know Martyn’s folk-jazz work, too. Start here.


Merry Holidaze everyone! And only the best for 2011…

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